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Planet in Focus, Canada’s longest running environmental film festival, honours David Suzuki and Alexandra Cousteau as the 2016 recipients of the Eco-Hero award.

The award is presented each year to both a Canadian and an International figure whose body of work has had significant impact on raising awareness on environmental issues. Past recipients include other Green Heroes too!

This year, the festival also celebrates the next-generation of eco-heroes with 10 budding environmentalist discussing how to change the world with David Suzuki, as part of the festival kick off event on Tuesday, October 18. Watch it as the discussion streams live from 1:30 to 3:30 ET at planetinfocus.org.

Later that evening, David Suzuki accepts his award, delivers a keynote speech and answers questions at a sold out event at the Isabel Bader theatre in Toronto.

 Sunday, October 23 at the closing night gala the spotlight shines on our country’s oceans and on Alexandra Cousteau as she accept the International Eco-Hero award at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema prior to the screening of the Canadian documentary What Lies Below.

As well as the opening and closing night galas, there are more than 60 films to choose from as well as an industry day for environmental filmmakers to network, pitch their ideas, and learn more about their craft.

And as a special bonus for Green Heroes fans, the first five people to join the Green Heroes Academy or post to the Green Heroes Facebook page which film they’d most like to see at this year’s Planet in Focus are eligible to receive free tickets to a film of their choice.

Planet in Focus is a stellar organization that deserves a wide audience for the festival and the events they host year round. Why not make a donation now to ensure its continued success into 2017.

The Green Heroes Campaign is about finding inspirational stories about people who are making a real difference in the environment – and with our web channel and app our story pool expands exponentially to include people suggested by you!


Mary Gorman1Mary Gorman won the “nominate a Green Heroes contest” back in 2011. Mary, who co-founded the Save our Seas and Shores coalition (with Elizabeth May), was crowd-sourced as one of six finalist and then crowned our grand prize winner for her efforts preserving marine life in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her prize was to be profiled on our TV show and web channel. That fall Green Heroes went to her picturesque home in Nova Scotia to record her story.

As part of the trip, we met Farley Mowat at his summer home in Cape Breton. Farley shares a similar concern to Mary’s about the urgent need to protect the Gulf (whose waters touch five of Canada’s ten provinces and is home to over 2000 marine species.) We are honoured to have  him in this week’s episode, ‘Saving Oceans’.

‘Saving Oceans’ also features Cousteau granddaughters, Alexandra and Céline and retail giant and sustainable seafood pioneer, Paul Uys. With this top-notch roster of Green Heroes, we look at the future of Canadian oceans and fisheries, not only the marine life that lives in their waters, but all species (including humans) who rely on them for survival.

It’s not a doom and gloom scenario – rather it is an episode with a clear message of hope. Paul Uys, past VP at Loblaw’s story shows how community and business can take action to pioneer a program that gives consumer access to sustainable fish in Canadian supermarkets.

Céline and Alexandra Cousteau’s work as multiplatform filmmakers who travel the world to find stories that focus on the human connection to the hydrosphere emphasize how we must all co-operate in human society to achieve a livable future.

All the Green Heroes in this episode, as in the entire series, are committed to showing leadership in the complex struggle we face. We are proud to tell their stories and hope you are inspired to share them with your friends and get involved through our Academy app!

Green Heroes – Saving Oceans – airs Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 ET on TVO and repeats Sunday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET


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